Bucks Fall to Undermanned Knicks 89 – 80
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 19 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -19
The Knicks outrebounded the Bucks 54-41. It shouldn’t have been that lopsided. Not with Stoudemire out. And not with the Knicks using guard-heavy lineups all night. Ilyasova’s bad game is really inexplicable. He got two fouls early and Skiles chose to sit him, but didn’t play him the rest of the first half. Then his play in the second half was very unagressive.
|Drew Gooden, PF 22 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -6
Once again, no Stoudemire playing. This should have been easy. I don’t exactly know how this happened, but if Drew Gooden isn’t passing well then the team doesn’t play well. This is all going to end poorly.
|Monta Ellis, SG 37 MIN | 2-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 4 PTS | -9
Ellis and Jennings are both shooting less and shooting worse than before the trade. Monta has been a capable distributor, but that’s not why he’s here. He’s supposed to be a scorer and hasn’t shown even a flash of that capability yet. He’s been useless shooting threes. He attacks the paint, but misses lay-ups and has been terrible at shooting free throws.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 35 MIN | 6-22 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 15 PTS | -16
Jennings could not seem to hold onto the ball during a fast break. Baron Davis would just waddle his way into the break and snatch the ball as if was no big thing. He’s still not getting to the line and he’s been less aggressive in every way since the Ellis trade.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 31 MIN | 10-14 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 26 PTS | +11
In his four first quarter minutes, Dunleavy poured in 14 points. He continued that hot streak with 10 points in the second quarter. He also got possessed by the ghost of Larry Johnson and threw in a four-point play just for kicks. This performance wasn’t the usual Dunleavy performance where he’s using his opponent’s athleticism and speed against them to get open looks. The Knicks were rather good about staying on their feet on Dunleavy pump fakes. They just couldn’t keep track of him. Either he’d break away off a screen for an open look or be in the perfect spot on a fast break, the man was just in the right place at the right time all first quarter. Delfino left the game in the first half due to a groin injury so it would seem like the perfect time to start Dunleavy in the second half, but Skiles wouldn’t play the hot-shooting Dunleavy until halfway through the third.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 21 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | 0
Udoh showed some flashes of offensive prowess in the game with some spins and head-fakes that lead to some easy buckets. You should probably take these as just flashes for now, at best, Udoh’s ceiling is probably an 8 ppg game. But once again he looked good on defense despite his poor performance on the boards.
Two Things We Saw
- The Bucks fall 2.5 games back of the Knicks with 17 games to go. That’s quite a mountain to climb, but they’re not quite dead in the water yet. The Bucks have more home games left than the Knicks and one of those home games is against the Knicks. However any chance of avoiding the Bulls (to face Miami instead, ugh) is dead. The Bucks are 5 games back of the Celtics.
- Melo deserves a big round of applause for stepping up this game. He crashed the boards, put the offensive load and his shoulders and came through with a big win for the Knicks. Will anyone remember this game from Anthony? No.